Sing it with us: Nashville is an iconic city. Music reverberates from every alleyway, smoky BBQ aromas twist along every street. In between, all signs point to a lively city that celebrates the intersection of art, culture and life.
For your convenience, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you LIVE IT in Nashville. If, after reading through our curated suggestions, you’re looking for even more, www.visitmusiccity.com is a stadium-sized digital resource for all things local.
Two words, one city: Hot chicken. Nashville (and save this for your next trivia night) is the city credited with the invention of hot chicken. The dish is exactly as it sounds, hot fried chicken that’s a staple of Nashville cuisine. (Find it at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Party Fowl, Pepperfire Hot Chicken and Scoreboard Bar & Grill.)
Other places to find traditional Southern-style cooking include:
Conde Nast Traveler writes: “If there’s one rite of passage you can’t escape while visiting Nashville, it’s BBQ.” So, if it’s award-winning BBQ you seek, here are our most scrumptious suggestions for meals that feature a mix of smoky, spicy and sweet:
For even more epicurean inspiration, scroll through Visit Music City’s Food Scene here.
Nashville is a city of neighborhoods, and like tracks on an album, each one has something about it that make the place unique. From Marathon Village—a creative community of shops, businesses and even a bourbon distillery—to Green Hills, home to the famous Bluebird Café, there’s no shortage of inspiration among Nashville’s eclectic local scene.
Learn more about the neighborhoods of Nashville here.
Can’t Miss: If your Sales Convention schedule is packed and you only have time for two music stops in Music City, may we humbly recommend you visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. Both are etched into Nashville’s musical history; the Ryman was built in 1897 as a tabernacle and was the first home of the Grand Ole Opry until it moved to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. Today, the Grand Ole Opry hosts some of the world’s biggest country acts and still puts on three live shows each week, where newcomers and superstars grace the famed stage.
Sing Along: There’s a reason Nashville is known as the songwriting capital of the world. Singers flock to its hallowed honky tonks to show off their lyrical prowess. For songwriting on display, visit the famed Bluebird Café (songs are performed in an intimate, round setting weekly) or get yourself to The Listening Room, Douglas Corner and The Commodore Grille.
Beyond Country: Though country music hums undeniably at the heart of the Nashville music scene, there’s plenty of other genres played in the city’s most beloved venues. For those looking to find bluegrass jams or pop/dance performances, try Mercy Lounge, Exit/In, 3rd & Lidsley, The Basement and 12th & Porter.
Honky Tonk Time: Honky tonks and Nashville go together like toe-tapping banjo music and a singer crooning into the night. If you’re looking for an authentically Nashville music experience, try the legendary Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World.
Music History: Beyond the bands, there’s much to learn about music’s past and the artists that shaped it. For the music buffs and students of song, tour RCA Studio B or visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, Johnny Cash Museum and The George Jones.
Ten. The number of fingers on our hand, toes on our feet and also the number of items on Visit Music City’s official list of “Ten Things to Do in Nashville.” Highlights of the curated journey include a visit to historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis, Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins recorded classic hits, and a tasty trip to Ribby’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill on Honky Tonk Highway.
Peruse the full list here.
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